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Intelligent Moving Cameras make a significant impact on crime statistics
28 January 2010

The cost of crime to the UK economy was £64 Billion in 2003/4 based upon Government crime statistics; worryingly, a more recent independent study indicates this cost is now running at a staggering £78 Billion per year.

Viseum is now launching a study to help identify just how much its new CCTV cameras could save individual communities, and the massive positive effect this could have on Government budgets and the overall UK economy.

Of 10 field installations where Viseum IMC (Intelligent Moving Camera) deployments have been publicised, the intelligent multi-tasking cameras have made a significant impact on crime statistics, killing previous problems stone dead. Establishing just how much the UK will save on its crime bill is the purpose of Viseum’s new study.

In fact this track record proves that the best-in-class IMC technology is set to save the UK economy £billions per year. Its widespread deployment across the UK would also ensure Home Office Recommendations on crime detection and prevention are supported, and assist local authorities and law enforcement agencies in hitting relevant targets.

Stuart Thompson, Viseum’s Managing Director and inventor of the IMC technology, said: “By being less reliant on infrastructures our cameras have proven to help CCTV schemes capture 25 times more useable evidence than any other manned solution. That is a massive incentive both socially and economically for local authorities and other Government agencies to provide protection to large numbers of open space problem areas.”

Viseum will launch a savings calculator in the near future, to help identify just how much money a single IMC will save each particular community with specific crimes and antisocial problems - thereby providing local authorities and police forces with the financial data they need to justify the investment.

“In fact Viseum will be encouraging members of the industry to take part in supporting our study or challenging these numbers,” added Stuart Thompson. “In return for the industry’s input we will be offering a significant financial incentive - in addition to these proposed savings.”

A very conservative clear up rate for Viseum IMCs in catching close up evidence-quality video is 70%, i.e: Viseum aims to clear up at least seven out of 10 open space incidents, whereas Viseum reports it is actually achieving nearer 100% clear-up of problems with the IMC so far.